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Library Research 101: Document your sources

Scholarship as Conversation

Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.

--- ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

Zotero: manage your documents

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to  help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It has all the features that you expect in a bibliographic management program and collects and organizes data from documents and media. It can be downloaded from this site:

Learn about Zotero in less than three minutes

Why Citing Sources is Important?

As you progress through the different steps in the research process, you must remember to copy the correct citation for each source you use - you will need it again later.

When you organize your resources into a reference list and bibliography, you must list them in correct formatDon't be guilty of plagiarism, even if it is by accident, simply because you don't know how to credit your sources. Even if you don't use exact quotes from material you consult, you must credit the ideas. This not only avoids plagiarism, but is good scholarly practice!  

There are many links to online guides for Citing Online Sources with examples of correct format. These are available 24X7 whenever you need them. You can search by the most popular formats: MLA, APA, Turabian, and Chicago. There are also general guides that help you set up your paper correctly too.

Avoiding Plagiarism

How to Avoid Plagiarism - from the Purdue University OWL (Online Writing Lab).

There are few intellectual offenses more serious than plagiarism in academic and professional contexts. This resource offers advice on how to avoid plagiarism in your work.

Citation Styles

From Purdue OWL

For more information about citations, please visit our Citations Guide.